|Publication number||US8120922 B2|
|Application number||US 12/646,532|
|Publication date||Feb 21, 2012|
|Filing date||Dec 23, 2009|
|Priority date||Dec 23, 2008|
|Also published as||EP2202751A1, EP2202751B1, US9269401, US20100172083, US20120127648|
|Publication number||12646532, 646532, US 8120922 B2, US 8120922B2, US-B2-8120922, US8120922 B2, US8120922B2|
|Inventors||Andrew Paul George Randall, Alan Jeffery, David Ian Belcher, Alastair Bryers, Stephen Freeman|
|Original Assignee||Nexsan Technologies Limited|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (54), Referenced by (18), Classifications (11), Legal Events (2)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application claims priority from United Kingdom Patent Application No. 08 23 407.2, filed 23 Dec. 2008, and United Kingdom Patent Application No. 09 14 332.2, filed 17 Aug. 2009, the whole contents of which are incorporated herein by reference in their entirety.
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to apparatus for storing data and supplying stored data, and a method of manufacturing apparatus for storing data and supplying stored data.
2. Description of the Related Art
Data storage units are known that are configured for mass data storage or as RAID (redundant array of inexpensive disks) systems. Such storage units comprise of several disk drives and a control unit for controlling data input to, and output from, the disk drives. The storage units may be located within a standard size rack unit, typically occupying 1 U to 6 U (1 to 6 rack units) of rack space, and may share the rack with other equipment, and possibly other such data storage units.
Occasionally it is necessary to access the disk drives, for example, for the purposes of replacement of a defective drive, or a drive needing to be upgraded. In some data storage units access to the disk drives is made possible by the removal of a panel which forms part of the outer enclosure of the storage unit.
In recent times it has become known to have a data storage unit in which the disk drives are arranged in several groups, each group supported on a separate support structure that provides electrical connections between the disks drives and a cable connected to the control unit. Each support structure may be slid forward from out of the outer enclosure of the storage unit, while the support structure remains electrically connected by the cable to the control unit. Subsequently, when the support structures are slid back into their normal operating condition, the cable connecting the support structures and the control units must be retracted and stored within the data storage unit. Consequently, a limit on the length of the supporting structures currently exists when the storage units are to be located within a standard sized rack. Storage units are known that have a greater depth to receive supporting structures that are longer, but the problem then is that the storage unit will no longer fit into a standard sized rack cabinet.
According to a first aspect of the present invention, there is provided apparatus for supporting data storage elements and supplying stored data, said apparatus comprising: a support unit having a plurality of connectors for connecting to a plurality of data storage elements; a cable having a first end connected to said support unit and a second end connected to a main part; a main part defining a first space containing a portion of said cable, and a second space for containing said support unit, such that said support unit is movable between (i) a first position providing access to said data storage elements and (ii) a second position in which said data storage elements are located within said second space; and guide means causing said cable to develop at least two loops within said first space while said support unit is moved to said second position.
According to a second aspect of the present invention, there is provided a method of manufacturing apparatus for storing data and supplying stored data, said method comprising: producing a support unit having a plurality of connectors for connecting to a plurality of data storage elements; connecting a plurality of data storage elements, to said connectors of said support unit; producing a main part by locating a control unit within an outer enclosure, said main part defining a first space and a second space; connecting a cable between said support unit and said main part; extending a guide member such that said guide member extends from said support unit through said second space alongside said cable; and sliding said support unit from a first position in which access is provided to said data storage elements to a second position in which said data storage elements are located within said second space and said cable is folded into at least two loops within said first space.
A data storage unit 101 embodying the present invention is shown mounted in a rack 102 in
The rack 102 is built in accordance with an international standard, EIA-310, and therefore has a specified depth from the front panel 103 to the back panel 104. Similarly, the rack 102 has a standard sized gap between a first rail 105 and a second rail 106 which form part of the front panel 103 and are provided with holes 107 allowing equipment such as storage unit 101 to be attached and supported.
The data storage unit 101 has a generally rectangular form, but includes a mounting plate 108 at its front end that is provided with apertures allowing the data storage unit to be attached to the rails 105 and 106 of the rack 102. Most of the data storage unit 101 has a width configured to allow said unit to pass between the rails 105 and 106 of the rack 102, and a depth that ensures a gap is provided between the rear end 109 of the data storage unit 101 and the back panel 104 of the rack 102 when the storage unit 101 is mounted, as shown in
The data storage unit 101 comprises several data storage elements. In the present case, the data storage unit 101 comprises sixty data storage elements in the form of sixty 3.5″ (three point five inch) disk drives arranged in three groups of twenty. Each group of twenty disk drives is mounted on one of three support units 110, 111 and 112 located within a space provided within the main part 114 of the data storage unit 101. Each disk drive is connected via its support unit to a control unit via a flexible cable connecting its support unit and a control unit mounted within the data storage unit 101.
The data storage unit is connected to one or more computers, which access and/or edit data stored on the disk drives. Communication between the data storage unit and the one or more computers may be made by known interfaces and protocols, for example communication may be made over a network such as a LAN, WAN, the Internet, etc. Similarly, communication may be made over a wire, optical link, radio link, etc.
The data storage unit 101 has an outer enclosure 113 in which the three support units 110, 111 and 112 are independently supported, such that they can each slide forward out of the outer enclosure 113 independently of the other two support units.
The rack 102 and data storage unit 101 are shown in
Each of the support units 110, 111 and 112 contains twenty disk drives arranged in five rows of four. The support unit 110 has been pulled forward sufficiently to expose the first three rows of four disk drives and a drive to be replaced has been removed from the second row of disks leaving an empty disk drive bay 202. Thus, a new disk drive 201 may be located within the empty socket 202 of the support unit 110.
It may be noted that when it is fully withdrawn the support unit 110 allows all twenty disk drives to be supported in front of the front panel 103 of the rack. However, because the other two support units 111 and 112 may be left within the outer enclosure 113 of the data storage unit 101, the weight of the withdrawn support unit 110 cannot produce a sufficiently large moment of force to cause the rack 102 to tip forward.
As will be described below, the data storage unit 101 is provided with a mechanism that allows the support units to be slid forwards as shown in
The data storage unit 101 is shown in each of
A printed circuit board referred to as the mid-plane 301, is mounted within the enclosure 113 perpendicular to the side walls of the enclosure 113. The mid-plane 301 (whose position within the outer enclosure 113 is indicated by a dotted line) extends between the left and right side walls 302 and 303 of the outer enclosure 113 and provides electrical connections between the other various components of the data storage unit 101.
Towards the rear of the unit 101, behind the mid-plane 301, the enclosure 113 contains two control units 304 and 305 and power supplies 306 and 307. The power supplies 306 and 307 are dual redundant power supplies. It is therefore possible for the data storage unit 101 to operate with just one of the power supplies operational.
The control units 304 and 305 are provided with suitable sockets 308, 309 to provide connection to a network, etc as previously mentioned. The rear surfaces of the power supplies 306 and 307 are provided with electrical sockets to allow connection to an electricity supply. The power supply units 306 and 307 are each configured to transform an electricity supply and thereby provide a suitable DC electricity supply for the data storage unit 101.
The data storage unit 101 also comprises three cable management units 310, 311 and 312. The cable management units are each linearly aligned with an associated one of the support units 110, 111 and 112. Thus, support unit 110 has an associated cable management unit 310, support unit 111 has an associated cable management unit 311, and support unit 112 has an associated cable management unit 312. The three cable management units are all similarly configured and perform similar functions in respect of their respective support unit. Essentially, the cable management units define a space in which electrical cables connecting the support units 110, 111, 112 and the control units 304, 305 (via the mid-plane 301) reside. The cable management units 310, 311, 312 will be further described below.
The support unit 110 is shown removed from the data storage unit 101 in
The support unit 110 further comprises a printed circuit board 505 extending substantially across the whole of the floor of the support unit 110. The printed circuit board 505 includes electrical connectors 506 and 507 providing power and high speed signal connections required for the operation and control of the disk drives 504 (some not shown as discussed earlier) by means of the suitable electronic circuitry in the disk drive bays 202. The printed circuit board 505 also includes suitable electronic circuits to allow the twenty disk drives to communicate with the control units 304 and 305. The configuration of the suitable electronic circuits and connections in printed circuit board 505 is such that control unit 304 communicates by means of connector 506 and suitable electronic circuits with the disk drive bays 202. Similarly control unit 305 communicates by means of connector 507 and suitable electronic circuits with the disk drive bays 202. The two sets of electronic paths to control units 304 and 305 are separate until combined in the suitable electronic circuitry of each disk drive bay 202. The electrical connector 506 has power and high speed signal connections that are connected through the printed circuit board 505 in a manner which allows control unit 304 to communicate with all twenty disk drive bays 202. Similarly the electrical connector 507 has power and high speed signal connections that are connected through the printed circuit board 505 in a manner which allows control unit 305 to communicate with all twenty disk drive bays 202. Printed circuit board 505 provides two substantially separate control and communication paths to the twenty disk drive bays 202. One path connects control unit 304 by means of electrical connector 506 to the twenty disk drive bays 202. The second path connects control unit 305 by means of electrical connector 507 to the twenty disk drive bays 202. The two electrical paths are arranged in such a way that the failure of one single component in the electrical connection path from control units 304 and 305 and the twenty disk drive bays 202 would render one disk drive bay 202 inaccessible through the control unit sockets 308 and 309.
The support unit 110 also comprises a pair of connecting arms 508 and 509. Connecting arm 508 has a first end connected to the vertical side wall 502 of the support unit 110 by a pivot connection 510. The pivot connection is formed of a short threaded bolt located within a threaded hole in the vertical side wall 502. The opposite end 511 of the connecting arm 508 is provided with a slot such that the end 511 has a hook shape.
The connecting arm 509 has the same form as connecting arm 508 but is pivotally connected to the other vertical side wall 501 of the support unit 110. Both of the support arms are pivotally mounted such that they can be rotated into a substantially vertical orientation, as connecting arm 508 is shown in
The cable management unit 310 is shown in
The cable management unit also comprises a partition wall 613, which extends centrally along the cable management unit 310 from the rear wall 603 to the front wall 604, between the two electrical cables 607 and 608. The partition wall 613 effectively splits the space within the cable management unit 310 in two, and ensures that the two electrical cables 607 and 608 do not mechanically interfere with each other.
The electrical cables 607 and 608 are each formed from similar electrical cable material, and a cross-sectional view of cable 607 is shown in
In order to provide the required mechanical properties for the present embodiment, the cable 607 is a ribbon cable having a width, indicated by arrow 621A, that is substantially greater than its thickness, indicated by arrow 621B. For the purposes of this specification a ribbon cable is defined as a cable having a width that is at least five times greater than its thickness.
Unlike conventional signal cables, each of the cables 607 and 608 comprises both power wires and high speed signal wires (SAS (serial attached SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) wires) in a single cable. The power wires are arranged in four pairs 610A, 610B, 610C and 610D of wires. Two pairs of power wires 610A and 610B extend close to one edge 622A of the cable 607 while the other pairs 610C and 610D of power wires extend close to the opposite edge 622B of the cable. The signal wires (SAS wires) 612 extend along a central portion of the cable between the two inner pairs of power wires 610B and 610C. The signal wires 612 in the present embodiment comprise of eight shielded parallel pairs, each said pair comprising a two thirty gauge (30 AWG) insulated wires 623A, 623B and having an associated tinned copper drain wire 624. In the present embodiment the eight shielded parallel pairs are arranged side by side, so that the sixteen signal wires lie in the same plane.
The cable 607 also comprises two similar groups of signal wires 625A and 625B. Each group comprises five single wires arranged side by side and positioned between two groups of power wires. Thus, the first group of wires 625A is arranged between the two power wire pairs 610A and 610B, while the second group of wires 625B is arranged between the two power wire pairs 610C and 610D.
In the present embodiment the power wires are each formed of fourteen gauge wire and consequently have a considerably larger gauge size than the signal wires. As a consequence, the cable material of cables 607 and 608 is substantially stiffer than conventional ribbon cables containing only signal wires.
In the present embodiment, the wires of the cable 607 are encased within an outer polyolefin sheath 626 that is formed around the wires in a lamination process.
A cross-sectional view of an alternative cable material 651 for use in the cable management units 310, 311, 312 is shown in
The construction of the cable material 651 differs from that of cable 607 in that the wires 653A and 653B are arranged in a substantially round form, and surrounded by a round polymer sheath 661A and 661B respectively. Each of the eight shielded parallel pairs of signal wires 654 are each grouped into pairs and surrounded by a polymer sheath. For example, a first shielded parallel pair 662A and a second shielded parallel pair 662B are located together within a polymer sheath 663. Each pair of power wires are also encased in a polymer sheath, such as sheath 664. The polymer sheaths, such as sheaths 661A, 661B, 663 and 664 are welded to an adjacent sheath, or sheaths, to form the cable material.
Thus, as shown in
In a further alternative cable, suitable for use in the present embodiment, a ribbon cable is formed of wires encapsulated within a silicone rubber extrusion.
The cable management unit 310 is shown again in
The cable management unit 310 is shown again in the side view of
As may be seen from
The guide module 701 comprises a pair of constant force springs 903 and 904 axially mounted and having a free end attached to a connecting rod 905. The constant force springs are shown in
The guide module 701 is shown removed from the cable management unit 310 in
The guide module 701 comprises the housing 702, which defines a curved surface 1001 providing a barrier between the constant force springs 903 and 904 and the electrical cables during use. The housing 702 also defines end walls 1002 and 1003 which define coaxial apertures supporting a cylindrical axle 1004. As indicated in
The constant force springs 903 and 904 are mounted on bobbins 1007, 1008, 1009 and 1010, which are themselves mounted on the cylindrical axle 1004. The bobbins 1007, 1008, 1009, 1010 are free to rotate on the cylindrical axle 1004 and consequently the coiled portion of the constant force springs 903 and 904 are free to rotate around the cylindrical axle 1004.
The connecting rod 905 is provided with a relatively deep groove 1011 and 1012 adjacent to each of its two ends. The grooves 1011 and 1012 are sufficiently wide to receive a respective one of the two connecting arms 509 and 510 of the support unit 110. Furthermore, the spacing between the grooves 1011 and 1012 is arranged to be the same as the spacing between the connecting arms 508 and 509, such that in use the connecting arm 509 may be hooked around the connecting rod 905 within the groove 1012, while the connecting arm 508 may be hooked around the connecting rod 905 within the groove 1011.
Internal components of the guide module are shown in
The outer, free ends of the constant force springs are rigidly attached to the connecting rod 905, for example by welding.
As shown in
A short length of the constant force spring 904 is shown in the perspective view of
As a result of this shape of the constant force spring 904, it is possible to bend the constant force spring 904 about an axis, such as axis 1201, that is perpendicular to its length, and on the concave side of the constant force spring 904. For example, if the constant force spring 904 is held at a location 1202 and a force applied nearby (as indicated by arrow 1203) to the convex face of the constant force spring 904, the spring will bend up around the axis 1201 and take a new position as indicated by the dotted outline 1204. In contrast, if forces are applied to the constant force spring 904 in order to bend it in the opposite direction then this is resisted by the constant force spring 904 due to its curved form. For example, if a force opposite to that indicated by arrow 1203 is applied to the constant force spring 904 in an attempt to bend the spring around an axis 1305 on its convex side, then the spring resists bending. Consequently, it is possible for the spring to be rolled up as shown in
This feature of the constant force spring 904 is similar to that of a retractable steel tape measure which may be coiled up into a housing but when extended forms a substantially rigid straight length of material that resists bending. This feature of the constant force spring 904 is essential to its correct functioning in the present embodiment.
The data storage unit 101 is shown in a cross-sectional view in
The control unit 305 is electrically connected to the mid-plane 301 by means of connectors 1401 and 1402 on the control unit 305 and mid-plane 301 respectively. Similarly, the power supply unit 307 is electrically connected to the mid-plane 301 by connectors 1403 and 1404. Similarly, the connectors 605 (and 606) of the cable management unit 310 are connected to corresponding connectors such as connector 1405 on the mid-plane 301. In this way, the three units 305, 307 and 310, (and also the other units 304, 306, 311 and 312 that are not shown in
The connector 609 of electrical cable 607 is connected to electrical connector 507 mounted on the printed circuit board 505 of the support unit 110. Though not shown in
As shown in
The support unit 110 is shown in its normal operating position in
It may be noted that for the purposes of this specification a loop is defined as a separately identifiable, continuous portion of cable containing a bend in which the cable turns through an angle of more than 90° and less than 360°.
It may also be noted that the loops are separate loops, and for the for the purposes of this specification, separate loops are defined as loops that are not formed around a shared spindle or former.
When the support unit 110 is withdrawn from the outer enclosure 113, the electrical cable 607 unfolds. In addition, under the forces applied by connecting arms 508 and 509 on the connecting rod 905, the constant force spring 904 uncoils.
The support unit 110 is shown withdrawn from the outer enclosure 113 of data storage unit 101 in
As the support unit 110 is pushed back inside the outer enclosure 113 the natural stiffness of the electrical cable 607 causes the cable to be pushed back into the cable management unit 310. Meanwhile, the constant force spring 904, which has a tendency to coil up, coils itself up such that a length of the constant force spring 904 extending between the connecting rod 905 and the guide module 701 remains substantially straight.
The data storage unit 101 is shown again in cross-section in
As the support unit 110 is pushed further back into the enclosure 113, the cable 607, being unable to move any further back due to the rear wall of cable management unit 310, begins to form a second loop.
The data storage unit 101 is shown again in cross-section of
It should be noted that, if a bend were to form between the support unit 110 and the mid-plane 301 this could cause the cable to snag on the mid-plane 301 such that the support unit 110 cannot be returned to its normal operating position (enclosed within the outer enclosure 113). However, if a bend should start to form in this portion of the electrical cable, it is prevented from developing due to the fact that the cable is enclosed from below by the floor 1501 of the outer enclosure 113 and above by the extended portion of the constant force spring 904. As discussed above with respect to
As the support unit 110 is pushed back further into the outer enclosure 113 from the position of
It should be understood that the electrical cable 607 of the present embodiment is relatively stiff when compared to conventional ribbon cables used to make such high speed signal connections, due to the fact that the electrical cable 607 also contains the power wires providing power to the disk drives 504. The stiffness of the cable 607 results in it only folding into bends under relatively strong forces when compared to conventional ribbon cables. Consequently, it has been found that the electrical cable 607 in repeated movements of the support unit 110 always forms similar shaped loops 1406 and 1407 as shown in
It will be understood that the guide module 701 provides a guide member (in the form of constant force spring 904) that is able to be stored in a relatively small volume in one configuration as shown in
It may be noted that in both the main embodiment and this alternative embodiment, the guide member retracts into a volume that is separate to the space occupied by the loops of folded electrical cable. Moreover, the mechanism by which the guide member retracts is substantially separate to the manner in which the electrical cable folds within the cable management unit 310. Thus, the cable is not required to coil up like the guide member, and the guide member is not required to fold in the manner of the cable.
In the above-described embodiment, the constant force spring 904 is connected to the support unit 110 by means of the connecting rod 905, at the end of the constant force spring, latching into the hooked ends of the connecting arms 508 and 509 of the support unit 110. In an alternative embodiment, the electrical connectors provided at the ends of the cables, such as electrical connectors 609, are mounted within a saddle element. The saddle element is provided with a pair of hook-shaped members configured to receive a connecting rod, such as the connecting rod 905. The saddle element is also provided with a spring-loaded screw configured to mate with a threaded hole provided on the printed circuit board 505, for securely attaching the electrical connectors 609 to the printed circuit board. In this embodiment, the connecting rod 905 is latched onto the hook-shaped members of the saddle element before the electrical connectors 609 are connected to the electrical connectors 506 and 507 on the printed circuit board 505 and secured in place by the spring-loaded screw. Thus, the connecting rod 905 is secured to the support unit 110 in the same process as securing the electrical connectors 609 to the printed circuit board 505.
In an alternative embodiment of the data storage unit 101, the cable management units 310, 311 and 312 are each replaced by an alternative cable management unit 1801 as shown in the cross-sectional side view of
The electrical cables 1807 are ribbon cables as herein defined above, and in the present embodiment, they have the same structure as cable 607.
The cable management unit 1801 differs from cable management unit 310 in the manner in which it guides the cable into its withdrawn configuration, as shown in
The cables 1807 extend back from the electrical connectors 1805 and around the second pulley 1823, then extend forward and around the first pulley 1821, back and around the third pulley 1824 and then forward through the aperture at the front of the cable management unit 1801. Thus, the cables 1807 form a loop around each of the three pulleys 1823, 1821 and 1824.
By this method of mounting the cables 1807, the length of cable extending from the front of the cable management unit 1801 is extendible by pulling on the connector 1809. In addition, when the pulling force applied to the connector 1809 is reduced the force of the constant force spring 1828 pulls the slidable carriage 1827 backwards causing the cable 1807 to retract into the cable management unit 1801. Consequently, the constant force spring 1828 keeps the cable 1807 in tension.
Thus, when the respective support unit (110, 111, 112) is pulled forward from the outer enclosure 113 of the data storage unit 101 (as illustrated in
The cable management unit 1801 is shown in
When the support unit 110 is pushed back into the main part 114 of the data storage unit 101, the force on the connector 1809 is reduced. As a result, the constant force spring 1828 pulls the slidable carriage 1827 backwards causing the loops of the cables 1807 within the cable management unit 1801 to be increased in length and the portions of cables 1807 extending from the cable management unit 1801 to be withdrawn back into the unit 1801. However, because the constant force spring 1828 ensures that the cables 1807 are kept in tension, the portions of cable extending from the front of the cable management unit 1801 are kept substantially straight and flat, and snagging of the cables is avoided.
Thus, the pulley system comprising the fixed pulley 1821 and the carriage mounted pulleys 1823 and 1824 provide an alternative guide means for casing the cable 1807 to develop loops within the second space, formed within the cable management unit 1801. However, in this embodiment, the loops are permanently formed and only reduce, and increase, in size as the support unit is respectively pulled out from, and pushed into, the outer enclosure 113 of the main part 114.
In a further alternative embodiment of the data storage unit 101, the cable management units 310, 311 and 312 are each replaced by an alternative cable management unit 1901 as shown in the cross-sectional side view of
The electrical cables 1907 of the present embodiment have a structure like that of cable 607, and therefore the electrical cables 1907 are ribbon cables as defined herein.
The ribbon cables 1907 each have a substantially straight portion extending backwards from the connectors 1905 to a post 1941 rigidly mounted between the side walls of the housing 1902 near to its back wall 1929. Each of the cables 1907 bend around the post 1941 and extend downwards to a portion 1942 of the cable that is formed into a plurality of loops (in this example 12 loops). A substantially straight portion 1943 of the cables 1907 extends from the looped portions 1942 to the respective connector 1909.
Each of the loops in the cable 1907 is defined by a bend of approximately 180°, such as bend 1944. Each bend has an associated shaped resilient element rigidly attached to the cable on the inside of the bend. Thus, for example, bend 1944 has a resilient element 1945 attached to the cable 1907 on the inside of the bend. The resilient elements are moulded in a plastics material and attached to the cable by adhesive.
The resilient elements are shown in
The cable management unit 1901 is shown again in
In a further alternative embodiment of the data storage unit 101, the cable management units 310, 311 and 312 are each replaced by an alternative cable management unit 2001 as shown in the cross-sectional side view of
The cables 2051 differ from the cables of the previously described embodiments in that they are not ribbon cables, as herein defined. The cables 2051 have a substantially round cross-section and an outer casing formed of a plastics material. A middle portion 2052 of each cable 2051 is formed into a helical shape. The outer casing of the cable is resilient and is formed such that it is in its relaxed state when formed into such a helix. Similar such cables are well known for connecting handsets of telephones to their bases, but the cable 2051 has fewer and larger diameter loops, than the loops found in a common telephone cable. In the present example, the cable 2051 has eleven approximately circular loops, such as loops 2053 and 2054.
It should be noted that each of the loops of the cables 2051 are separately formed and they are all have substantially the same radius of curvature.
The cable management unit 2001 has a post 2041 fixed between the side walls of the housing 2002. The cables 2051 each have a substantially straight portion 2055 that extends from the electrical connectors 2005 around the post 2041 to the helical shaped middle portion 2052. A second substantially straight portion 2043 of each cable 2051 extends between the middle portion 2052 and one of the connectors 2009.
When the support unit (110, 111 or 112) is pulled forward, the force applied to the electrical connector 2009 causes the loops of the cable 2051 to become more separate from each other and so the cable is able to extend in a similar manner to a telephone cable.
The cable management unit 2001 is shown again in
When the support unit (110, 111 or 112) is pushed back into the main part of the data storage unit 101, the stretched middle portion 2052 tends to pull the end portion 2043 of the cable back into the housing 2009, as the middle portion returns to its relaxed, undistorted shape.
Thus, in the present embodiment, the resilient outer casing of the cable 2051, which has a relaxed state in which a portion of the cable is coiled into a helical shape, provides a guide means for the cable.
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|U.S. Classification||361/725, 361/727|
|International Classification||H05K5/00, H05K7/00|
|Cooperative Classification||Y10T29/49002, H01B7/0823, G11B33/128, G11B33/126, G06F1/187|
|European Classification||G11B33/12C2A, G11B33/12C1|
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